ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/14/2017

Orbital 8 (OA-8) Capture/Berthing:  Monday night, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to inspect the Node 1 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM). They then maneuvered the SSRMS to the Cygnus high hover position in preparation for Cygnus capture. 

Early this morning, the crew monitored the Cygnus approach from the Cupola Robotic Workstation and at approximately 10:05 GMT they captured Cygnus. Robotics Ground Controllers then maneuvered Cygnus into position to support an inspection of its Passive CBM.  Following completion of the inspection, they maneuvered and installed it to the Node 1 Nadir Active CBM. The crew ingressed the vehicle at 17:23 GMT and will begin transferring cargo tomorrow. 

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Biochemical Profile, Repository): A 51S crewmember completed Flight Day (FD) 120 urine sample collections to support the Biochemical Profile and Repository experiments. The samples were placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).

  • The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
  • Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

Simulation of Geophysical Fluid Flow under Microgravity – 2 (Geoflow-2) Experiment Container De-installation: The GeoFlow-2 experiment container was removed by the crew from the Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) rack and stowed for disposal. The Geoflow-2 experiment studies heat and fluid flow currents within the Earth’s mantle. Geoflow-2 aims to improve computational methods that scientists and engineers use to understand and predict the processes in the Earth’s mantle that lead to volcanic eruptions, plate tectonics and earthquakes.

Augmented Reality Application for Maintenance, Inventory and Stowage (ARAMIS) Stowage Session: The crew set up a camcorder, connected to an iPad, and ran stowage sequences in the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM). The ARAMIS investigation demonstrates use of augmented reality technology to improve efficiency of operations aboard the space station. Crew time is a precious resource in space and this frees up more time for scientific research. The demonstration uses a single portable device to run preventive maintenance and stowage management or hardware searches. 

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: Using the Red camera, the crew captured video footage of Australia at sunset. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement. 

Spare Latching End Effector (LEE)/Utility Transfer Assembly (UTA) Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (FRAM) Swap:  Today, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and picked up the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) in preparation for tomorrow’s LEE/FRAM swap activities.  Tomorrow, they will remove the UTA from External Stowage Platform (ESP)-2 and translate the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Work Site (WS)-4 to WS-7. They then remove the LEE and install the UTA on ELC-1. The MT will then be translated back to WS-7 from WS-4 and the LEE will be installed on ESP-2. These activities are in preparation for EVAs planned next January. 

Node 1 High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter Cleaning: The crew performed a deep cleaning of the Node 1 HEPA plenum. Recent imagery showed that the HEPA plenum area in Node 1 is collecting excessive dust and debris on the surface of the plenum as well as crevices around the filters. 

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male – Subject
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • Robotics Workstation (RWS) Configuration
  • Virus Definition File Update on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) Laptops
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Powerup
  • Monitoring closure of shutters on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14
  • Cygnus PCS Command and PROX Link Verification
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink
  • Photo/TV Ghost Camera in Cuopla on SSC power recording
  • Cygnus R-BAR Approach
  • Replacement of СА325 Unit on Regul-OS 1st work station.
  • Soyuz 734 Kazbek Fit Check
  • VEG-03 Plant Photo
  • Install missing O-ring on Vacuum Access Jumper (VAJ) 35 foot.
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ [КОВ] for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect
  • Demate СА325 unit telemetry data connectors.
  • Replacement of СА325 Unit on Regul-OS 1st workstation.
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Cygnus Capture
  • Node 1 Airflow Cleaning and Configuration
  • GeoFlow Experiment Container Deinstallation
  • Inspection of DC1 surface materials for moisture and corrosion
  • Equipment Gather for ITCS Sampling and Maintenance Canister Installation in JPM
  • Polar Cygnus Uninstall, Transfer, And EXPRESS Rack Install Review
  • Light Installation at A/LOF1 location.
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Coliform Water Processing
  • Mate СА325 telemetry connectors.
  • TOCA Buffer Container (BC) Changeout
  • RS ISS Internal Lights Audit
  • TOCA Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis
  • Remote Workstation Monitor HD Video Downlink Deactivation RWS.
  • Ghost camera teardown in Cupola
  • Node 1 Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Removal
  • Crew clears stowage from specified locations in PMM in preparation for Augmented Reality Stowage operations.
  • Cygnus/Node 1 Pressurization and Leak Check
  • ARAMIS Stowage Session
  • PROBOY. RSЕ1 Laptop Ops.
  • PROBOY. Penetration Simulator Ops
  • Node 1 Nadir to Cygnus Vestibule Outfitting, Part 1
  • PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Stow
  • PCS Laptop Relocate
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • ISS HAM Video Power Up
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • IMS Update
  • Crew returns stowage items to original location in PMM after Augmented Reality operations.
  • Conduct a checkout of Skype on a Sidekick Device
  • Probiotics Item Gathering
  • Cygnus PROX Switch OFF 

Completed Task List Activities

  • Rendezvous and Prox Ops Program (RPOP) Setup
  • VEG-03 Plant Pillow Water

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  •  Cygnus berthing support

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 11/15: Cygnus Ingress, Cygnus Cargo Ops, MERLIN Transfer, TangoLab 2
  • Thursday, 11/16: T2 SLS Install, Nanoracks Microgrowth, Cygnus Cargo Ops, WHC Urine Receptacle R&R
  • Friday, 11/17: Cubesat deployer installation, MARES/Sarcolab, SLS installation 

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:







[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)


[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab

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Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3